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Jesus Survey, The: What Christian Teens Really Believe and Why Paperback – April 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801014441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801014444
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,173,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Who do Christian teens say Jesus is and what does he mean in their lives?
The answers might surprise you.
 
In The Jesus Survey, Mike Nappa shares the groundbreaking results of a nationwide survey of Christian teenagers from sixteen different denominations. His discoveries of how core beliefs about the faith influence the way teens actually experience God personally will help you understand the teens in your life so that you can more effectively teach them and nurture authentic, satisfying, and vibrant relationships with Christ.
 
"Mike Nappa's research definitely reveals more about us than it does our teenagers. We can't expect youth to believe what they have not been taught at home or in the churches they attend. This book will challenge parents and youth leaders alike to pass their faith to students with accuracy and authenticity."--Wayne Rice, cofounder, Youth Specialties; author, Reinventing Youth Ministry (Again)
 
"Every parent, youth worker, pastor, and Christian educator should read The Jesus Survey. Passing on the true faith to the next generation is one of the most critical needs of our day and this book will help us in that challenge. Mike Nappa gives us insight into not only what our kids do and do not believe, but why they are failing to embrace the core beliefs of the faith."--Josh McDowell, bestselling author and youth speaker
 
"If you're a youth worker or a parent of a teenager, you're committing malpractice if you don't read this book. The questions about basic Christian doctrine Mike Nappa asks teenagers, and their responses, will give you both a roadmap for where you need to head in your discipling journey with kids and the fuel to help you get there."--Rick Lawrence, executive editor, Group Magazine

About the Author

Mike Nappa is publisher of FamilyFans.com, a monthly e-magazine, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author and editor of many books, ministry resources, and magazine articles. He holds a master's degree in English and a bachelor's degree in Christian education with emphasis in Bible and theology.

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This was such a great book! Not only were the survey questions thorough and detailed, Mike's analogies, observations, and analysis were interesting to read. I moved through this book pretty quickly because I actually had a hard time putting it down. :) I totally recommend for parents, pastors, youth pastors, and any Christian who influences teens on a regular basis.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Oh on April 7, 2012
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This book provides very comprehensive and thorough statistics about what young Christians in American really believe in this post-modernistic generation. Mike Nappa developed a survey tool called "The Jesus Survey Instrument" that contains 30 questionnaires that challenge core beliefs of Christianity. This book is filled with graphs and charts that accurately display the reality and facts about Christian teens in America. I pray that Holy Spirit will release knowledge and strategies upon many youth workers and servants of Christ on how to approach young believers and seekers in this culture. Blessings to brothers and sisters in Christ!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2012
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Unless the reader is in some way involved in Christian counseling or religious schools or the many national right wing fundamentalist organizations who are either worried about or actively converting young people to fundamental religious ties, then this book may just be cumbersome. Mike Nappa has done his research and has uncovered some at times surprising facts about how today's teenagers view fundamentalism - or even how they view Jesus as a significant philosopher of the past. He divides his book into the questions he asked of youth: WHO IS JESUS _ Can I trust what the Bible says about Jesus, Jesus-merely great or divine?, what about the Christ conspiracies - the cross and the tomb, and Jesus - the way or one way to heaven? After a pause for his input he continues in part 2 with What difference does Jesus make? - the Holy Spirit and Christian Teens, Bible study, prayer, evangelism and the second coming.

At times the answers Nappa receives are unexpected and may seem shocking to some, but in general this is a means to approach the subject of being a Christian teenager in a time when most of the emphasis about our young people is focused on drugs, sexuality, clothes, money, etc. As Nappa starts his book 'The reason this book is important is simple: Jesus is everything. If you can get past the first line then you likely will enjoy this book. Grady Harp, May 12
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This is an interesting enough book. Guess my interest is more in a broad broad group of 'Christian' pre teens and teens, and even into college age, since college kids often leave home, get exposed to secular views, and end up making friends with non-Christians and as such their views change big time.

Am also interested in the family make up of the young adults. How many came from church attending families, two parent families. And are the cultural Christians or walk the talk type Christian. Some of these questions were discussed but not as in depth as I would have liked.

Would still recommend the book.
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More About the Author

Mike Nappa watches too much TV, reads too many comic books, utters too many bad words, laughs at all the wrong jokes, and often gets in trouble because he says whatever he happens to be thinking at the moment. In spite of that, people have bought more than a million copies of Mike's books. Weird, huh?

He's a bestselling and award-winning author and editor of many books, ministry resources, and magazine articles. He holds a master's degree in English and a bachelor's degree in Christian Education, with emphasis in Bible theology. Most of all, Mike Nappa loves Jesus, and he figures that covers over a multitude of sins.

Learn more at
* www.Nappaland.com/MikeNappa
* www.NappalandLiterary.com
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Nappa